Critically Acclaimed 9/11 Documentary Introduced to International Television Buyers and Programmers at NATPE 2006, Las Vegas

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Never before seen footage brings focus to "Answering The Call: Ground Zero's Volunteers," a 5th anniversary 9/11 commemorative documentary narrated by Kathleen Turner.

"Answering The Call: Ground Zero's Volunteers," the first of several new 9/11 films commemorating the 5th anniversary of the World Trade Center disaster, is being introduced to International television buyers and programmers at the annual conference of the National Association of Television Programming Executives.

The documentary is a straightforward, informative and moving account of the courageous and giving volunteers who responded to the Sept. 11 attacks.

Shot by former firefighter and filmmaker Lou Angeli, the film offers viewers a new perspective on the days following the 9/11 attacks. Using Angeli's up-close footage, much of which has not been seen before, the film allows for new insight into the quick thinking and tireless efforts of thousands of everyday people who pitched in and worked hard for days, weeks and months.

“Answering the Call” begins by taking the viewer back to the moments following the collapse of the World Trade Center towers on 9/11/01. With that first 24 hours as a backdrop, the film then weaves the stories of rescue and support volunteers at Ground Zero, as the disaster scene becomes a city unto a city, developing its own identity and energy. What happened there illustrates the power of the human spirit in the midst of an unimaginable tragedy. “We were all a brother and a sister at Ground Zero", one subject recalls.

The film is narrated by actress Kathleen Turner, who served as one of Ground Zero's volunteers. Her work included making sandwiches for rescue workers, stocking supplies at a local high school and making pleas for much needed supplies on several television networks.

The film has been previewed in several major US markets, including New York, Los Angeles and Detroit. But for many domestic and international buyers, the introduction at NATPE will mark their first look at the film.

"Answering The Call: Ground Zero’s Volunteers” is represented internationally by Walter Behr of Behr Entertainment. David Aion of Aion Films serves at the producers' representative.

A voting member of NATPE, the filmmaker will be on the conference floor and available for press interviews. The film's trailer is also being made available to television and internet press.


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